Drivers on the area’s rural roads are being reminded to take extra care as the harvest season gets under way.
As combines and tractors and trailers take to the roads, motorists are being urged to resist overtaking farm vehicles to avoid accidents.
According to Roadsafe, rural roads are generally three times more dangerous than urban roads but this is increased further during harvest time with agricultural vehicles often travelling at slower speeds and turning in and out of fields.
Jeremy Parker, from NFU Mutual’s Forfar office, said: “On average, NFU Mutual sees a 60 per cent increase in third party accidents involving tractors during harvest time compared to other months of the year and in this area cereal harvest operations are soon followed by commencement of potato lifting.
“It is important that trailer indicators are checked daily. Most tractor drivers will pull over where convenient if traffic is building up behind them unless they are about to turn off anyway and so a little extra patience could be a lifesaver.”
The company’s own rural road safety code urges drivers to be patient when driving behind tractors; look carefully for oncoming and following vehicles before turning right; watch carefully for oncoming traffic before pulling out onto a main road; and be prepared for tractors to turn into fields and farmyards and less obvious turnings.